When the world around you is going crazy and you can’t tell which way to go keep a hold of this great reminder “FOR HE HIMSELF IS OUR PEACE!!!” (Ephesians 2:14). Be blessed today and enjoy the peace of the Lord!!!!
“Jesus never fails,” is something I have heard quoted many times over in church. There is not greater truth for the Christian to hold on to for in it we find consolation for our souls. Reading the Bible this morning, this particular verse wouldn’t let me go. It held on and refused me the opportunity to pass it by, demanding that more attention be paid to it. It says, “He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth,” (Isaiah 42:4).
Knowing the power of our Lord, of course I know He never fails. As a matter of fact, it is something you and I count on daily. The part that really jumped out at me was that He does not get “discouraged.” That is something that this flesh of mine CANNOT boast about.
We are easily swayed this way and that with the moving of our circumstances and our emotions and just plain old life itself. But, Jesus never let anything sway Him. He never let anything drag Him off course from where God wanted Him to be. As a matter of fact, He repeatedly let us know “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me,” (John 6:38). Discouragement didn’t stand a chance against the will of God planted so deeply in Him.
Let’s really think about this because if anybody had a reason to be discouraged, Jesus did. Think of His walking up and down the shores of Galilee, some followed Him just for miracles and some for ridicule, purposed to find fault in Him. Think about the many times He performed a miracle for others and yet when it came time that He would need people the most “they all forsook him, and fled,” (Mt. 14:50). If it were me I would have felt so used but Jesus’ response was “but the scriptures must be fulfilled,” (Matt. 14:49). God’s will was still prominent over His emotions. Yes, He got upset sometimes. Remember when He overthrew the tables, (Mt. 21:12)? But, He never let discouragement win! He never let discouragement take Him off course! He never let discouragement gain the upper hand. Wow!
Jesus had every right to be discouraged with the way things were but He did not give it the opportunity. Discouragement is a pit. The more you swim in it the deeper it takes you under. The fact is we do what Jesus didn’t do, we give it the opportunity. Jesus let nothing frustrate Him from doing what He had to do. What about us? How often have we or do we swim in that pit of discouragement only to wonder why we can’t get anything done around here?
There are going to be upsetting times in everyone’s life and I will never downplay those. Even Ecclesiastes tells us, “To everything there is a season,” (Ecc. 3:1). But, if we find ourselves dipping too often in the pool of despair then we have to wonder why do we keep giving it the opportunity to control our lives? Why do we keep giving it a place of position instead of responding like Jesus did?
Sometimes it does get hard but I believe we have to make a conscience decision to respond the way Jesus did and to not let it frustrate us from everything that God has for us and want us to do.
How many times have “anxious” thoughts robbed us of the enjoyment of today? How many worried days have we spent trying to control the uncontrollable? How many times do we expend all our energies and might to solve all the world issues only feel like a wrung-out washrag at the end of the day?
Worried thoughts have a way to compel us to look to ourselves for the answers that we can’t find. Believing that in and of ourselves we are the all end authority to all of life’s issues, at least this is what the human intellect would have us to believe. Rather, God exhorts us over and over to rely on Him. To come to Him in prayer and relinquish all of our cares, worries, and frustrations on Him because He cares for us.
The Lord knows what a heavy load humanity can carry. He has felt it in His own being. As a matter of fact, He carried it all to the cross so that we wouldn’t have to carry these burdens alone. Yet, when push comes to shove and trials and tribulations knock on our personal doors we feel a need to answer the call and find a remedy to our problems on our own. As a result, we struggle to find the answer to the question of why we can’t find peace in the midst of it all.
In actuality, the reason peace seems so evasive to many of us is because of our personal insistence on trying to do it on our own. We pick up the problems that we are going through with every intention of carrying them to the altar and leaving them with Jesus. Walking away from the altar of prayer, we pick those same problems back up feeling a need to control the outcome on our own. As if God can’t handle our specific needs. Our humanness gets in the way of His divineness. The limits we see on humanity are then applied to God and it gets in the way of His wonder-working power in our lives.
The way to obtain peace during these anxious moments is to give whatever is bothering us; whatever is burdening us over to the Lord and trust Him to give us His best in the situation. After all, when it came to the matter of saving us He already gave us His best, didn’t He? How much more difficult would it be then for Him to work out our everyday worries for us? I believe you would agree that the two can’t compare. So, if He was willing to do that for you and me, should we not then trust Him to do right by our anxious thoughts?
Would you rather place all of your problems in your own hands or in the hands of God? Let me ask you this, how have you been handling things on your own? How have your own efforts been working out for you so far? Maybe it’s time to try something new. Maybe it’s time for you to give God a shot at wrangling in the worrisome so that you can experience true peace. Let’s get rid of the anxious for something better.
Be blessed 🙂